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Statistics About Brain Tumors

Some people use statistical reports to try to figure out their chance of getting cancer or of being cured. Remember that statistics show what happens with large groups of people. Because no 2 people are alike, statistics can't be used to know or predict what will happen to you.

According to the National Cancer Institute:  

  • Approximately 23,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord during 2013.

  • Approximately 14,000 people in the U.S. will die from brain tumors in 2013. 

Additionally, the American Cancer Society reports the following about brain and nervous system tumors:

  • Brain tumors can develop at any age.

  • Cancerous brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most common cancers (after leukemia) affecting children. They make up about 5 percent of all cancerous childhood tumors. However, childhood cancers are rare, and represent less than 1 percent of all new cancer diagnoses. 

  • The outlook varies according to the type and location of the tumor, but about 3 out of 4 patients with childhood brain tumors (all types) survive longer than 5 years.

In addition, metastatic brain tumors, or cancers that originated elsewhere and spread to the brain, are about 10 times more common than primary brain cancers. There are about 100,000 to 170,000 new cases of brain metastases each year in the United States. 

Online Medical Reviewer: Bass, Pat F. III, MD, MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 9/28/2013
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